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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: Townsend County Bank <>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 09:34:43 +0100 (BST)

August 14th, 2007.

ATTN: Fred Kuefler ,

You are welcome to the foreign remittance/online department of Townsend County Bank PLC. TCB Bank is the flagship subsidiary of financial services group Townsend Security Worldwide. Our international transfer that links you to us is strictly under the law governing international transfer.

Townsend County Bank PLC has been assigned with the task to transfer your lottery prize money to you by offering you the services of our online banking system. Thus, we are here to serve and assist you in the transfer of your funds to any specified Bank at your location in your country or across the globe.

The Fiduciary office of the lottery has passed on your payment files to us. A winning Cheque from lottery organizers in the sum of 710,000.00 pounds sterling in your name is presently in a suspense account with this bank (Non-active account). Hence, cannot be transferred.

To this end, an online bank account will be opened/activated in your name to enable the subsequent deposition of the certified bank cheque so that we can proceed with the transfer of the fund.

Once this account has been opened/activated, you would transfer online the said fund to any of your designated bank account(s) across the globe.

Therefore, you are to offset an account activation fee (initial deposit) to set up the online account. Please NOTE that the initial deposit paid by you remains your money and will ONLY be used in setting-up the account before depositing your funds.

Note also that the Initial deposit paid by you is for the account type and it will be added and transferred along with your total fund of 710,000.00 pounds sterling.

All banks in the United Kingdom are authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and adheres to the principles of the Banking Codes including TownSend County Bank PLC .To this note, clients are required to abide by the Banking policies of the British Government by making security deposit for ACTIVATION FEES. The Financial Services Authority is the independent regulator set up by Government to look after the financial services industry and protect consumers.

Note that we cannot continue with the online bank transfer until the activation fees is paid because this said fund has to be deposited into an active account before it can be transferred to you. This is in accordance with section 17(1) (n) of the National Online Transfer Act as adopted in 1998 and amended on 3rd July 2005 by Parliament.

The Insurance bond protecting your winning price money state’s that the money is non deductible until it is in the custody of the beneficiary. This is in accordance with section 13(n) of the national gambling acts as adopts this in 1993 and amended on 23RD July 1996. This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds. Hence, ACCOUNT ACTIVATION FEE can not be deducted from the total money.

On receipt of the your mail aquiesing to this procedures, you shall be educated on the process mastered to facilitate this transaction within the earliest time possible.

Yours Faithfully,
J. S. Moore,
Transfer Manager
Foreign Remittance Department

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